Br. Lawrence A. Whitney, LC+
PhD | Boston University School of Theology ’16
MDiv | Boston University School of Theology ’09
BM | Ithaca College
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Br. Larry oversees the ministry department of Marsh Chapel, including a team of Associate Chaplains and student leaders, and is responsible for the programmatic ministry of the chapel. He is also readily available for pastoral care and counsel, and engages students in a variety of settings across campus. He serves on the senior staff of the chapel, and on the religious life council. A chapter about his experience in ministry at Boston University appears in the forthcoming Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College.
Br. Larry is a professed member of the Lindisfarne Community, an ecumenical neomonastic religious order based in Ithaca, New York. The Lindisfarne Community ordained him to the diaconate in 2006 and to the priesthood in 2009. A book about the community, Secular Monasticism: A Journey, concludes with a chapter by Br. Larry on secular monasticism and university chaplaincy.
In 2005, Br. Larry completed his undergraduate studies in Music Education (Clarinet) with a minor in Religious Studies at Ithaca College and received a Bachelor of Music Degree. In 2009 he completed the Master of Divinity degree with a specialization in ecumenical systematic theology at the BU School of Theology, with a Certificate in International Mission and Ecumenism through the Boston Theological Institute (BTI). He is presently pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree at BU STH in philosophical theology. His academic research interests include religious language, comparative theology, ritual theory, religion and science, ontology, metaphysics, semiotics, American Pragmatism, and philosophical cosmology. He has recently published in the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, the Journal of Speculative Philosophy, and the Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society, and served as editor of the recent edition of the Spirituality, Medicine, & Health Bibliography.
Br. Larry was an Undergraduate Fellow, Ministry Fellow, and a Pastoral Internships grant recipient with the Fund for Theological Education, and presently serves on their advisory board and writes for their blog. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, the Association of College and University Religious Affairs, the Student Affairs Administrors in Higher Education (NASPA), the American Academy of Religion and the American Philosophical Association.